When Trevor and I moved into our house over two years ago, we loved the big, open living room, but it very quickly became clear to us why the previous owners had such a weird furniture set up. I remember walking in the door for the first time and wondering why they had the couch pushed way back in this awkward corner and the TV 20 feet across the room.
Anyway, you get the point. The living room was big, but we had no idea how we were going to lay out our furniture and have it make sense. The last thing we wanted was for people to walk in the door and feel confused like we did.
I’ve found that a lot of the time, you might not even realize you have an awkward corner until you get into your house and start placing furniture and decorating. That said, this is how we fixed our awkward corner problem, so hopefully it can help you too!
Fit the furniture to the space
Lucky for Trevor and I, we didn’t already have couches and other living room furniture we loved. We actually didn’t have anything—nada. We were both still living like college students before we moved into this place. This gave us the opportunity to find specific furniture that really worked for the space (the couch specifically). If you’re already saddled with everything you need, you may want to consider selling it. Who doesn’t love furniture shopping anyway?
When you follow this tip, you’ll probably have a smaller chance of ending up with an awkward corner to begin with because your furniture will intentionally fit in the space.
Don’t rush to fill it up
One of the worst things I do when it comes to decorating a space is rush. I get excited and tend to buy the first thing I think might work. Sometimes this works out, but not when it came to the awkward corner of our living room. I feel like I bought and returned a million benches before I realized a bench just wasn’t going to work.
Take your time, do your research. I understand that sometimes you just have to see what something looks like in your space, so by all means buy it. But don’t settle for it if it doesn’t look/feel right just because you’re getting frustrated. Our living room corner sat empty for a long, long while before I finally found the right way to set it up.
Add some height if you can
We happen to have very high, vaulted ceilings, so we desperately needed to take up some wall space. I added a bookshelf (speaking of the bookshelf, find out how to style one, here) and three, large framed prints. The baskets next to the bookshelf fill up the corner, but also serve a purpose (storage), and continue the height theme. I kind of look at everything as stepping stones—the stools, the baskets and then the bookshelf.
Seating and a rug
And speaking of the stools. These—and the rug—are what really made the space feel complete for me. The rug turned the awkward corner into a defined space in the room. It created a whole little area—like suddenly I had a nook of sorts. Like I mentioned above, I desperately tried to make multiple benches work along that half wall of the staircase, but nothing fit right. Finally, I found the stools at Target! Sometimes I wish they were a different color, but the neutral works well.
Take your time and your awkward corner will soon be the highlight of your home! The wall that makes the corner (the one with all the art and bookshelf) is now probably my favorite in our entire house!
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